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A student learns welding at a vocational high school in Massachusetts. (Photo: Emily Hanford)

Ready to Work

Vocational education was once a staple of American schooling, preparing some kids for blue-collar futures while others were put on a path to college. Today the new mantra is "college for all." But not everyone wants to go to college, and more than half of jobs don't require a bachelor's degree. Many experts say it's time to bring back career and technical education. This American RadioWorks documentary explores how vocational education is being reimagined.

Recent Posts

  • 09.17.14

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    At a Toyota plant in Kentucky, young people are learning how to fix robots, earning associate's degrees and graduating with jobs that pay up to $80,000 a year.
  • 09.11.14

    A 21st-century vocational high school

    For years, vocational education was seen as a lesser form of schooling, tracking some kids into programs that ended up limiting their future opportunities. Today, in the nation's best vocational programs, things are different.
  • 09.10.14

    Career academies: A new twist on vocational ed

    Across the country, thousands of high schools are transforming into career academies. The idea is that students will be more engaged if they see how academics are connected to the world of work. And they’ll be more likely to get the postsecondary schooling they need to support themselves in today’s economy.
  • 09.09.14

    The troubled history of vocational education

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MORELLA, CONSTANCE A, Republican Party
Maryland

Total number of trips - 9
Total cost of trips - $60,701.60

Average cost per trip - $6,744.62
Total number of days spent traveling - 57 days
Rank of representative - 91 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - April 17, 2000 - April 22, 2000 (6 days)
Location(s) - Grand Cayman Island, British West Indies

Purpose - To participate in a conference on U.S. policy toward Cuba
Notes - Took husband Anthony Morella - "other" is for ground transportation

Travel Cost - $1,608.60
Lodging Cost - $2,240.00
Meal Cost - $1,620.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $5,568.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 18, 2000 - February 22, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - To attend a conference entitled "The Convergence of U.S. National Security and the Global Environment"
Notes - Took child Laura Morella

Travel Cost - $2,289.60
Lodging Cost - $1,924.00
Meal Cost - $2,560.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,773.60

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 29, 2001 - June 3, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Florence, Italy

Purpose - to participate in a conference on the convergence of US national security and the global environment
Notes - other costs are for ground transportation

Travel Cost - $4,985.60
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $2,560.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $9,745.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 19, 2001 - August 26, 2001 (8 days)
Location(s) - Helsinki, Finland

Purpose - to participate in a conference on U.S.-Russian relations.
Notes - spouse Anthony Morella accompanied

Travel Cost - $3,559.60
Lodging Cost - $1,500.00
Meal Cost - $3,200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,259.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Codel Gilman
Dates - January 22, 2001 - January 30, 2001 (9 days)
Location(s) - Italy - Greece - Israel - Ireland

Purpose - to meet with foreign leaders to discuss issues of mutual concern
Notes - Transportation was provided by the military. Rep. Morella accepted a per-diem expenses are not broken down into separate categories, lodging, meals, etc

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $2,397.00
Total Cost - $2,397.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 9, 2001 - March 11, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - 2001 Bipartisan Congressional Retreat
Notes - spouse Anthony Morella accompanied. Meal expenses are included in lodging costs.

Travel Cost - $253.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,203.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 29, 2002 - April 7, 2002 (10 days)
Location(s) - China

Purpose - participate in a conference on US-China relations
Notes - spouse Anthony Morella accompanied. Transportation cost includes $1000 ground transportation

Travel Cost - $11,679.00
Lodging Cost - $1,800.00
Meal Cost - $2,000.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $15,479.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 10, 2002 - January 15, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Punta Mita, Mexico

Purpose - participate in a conference on Islam.
Notes - spouse Anthony Morella accompanied. Transportation cost includes air and ground transportation.

Travel Cost - $1,496.20
Lodging Cost - $2,925.00
Meal Cost - $2,400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,821.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 15, 2002 - February 18, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Scottsdale, AZ

Purpose - participate in a conference on education
Notes - spouse Anthony Morella accompanied. lodging expenses include meals.

Travel Cost - $2,744.00
Lodging Cost - $1,710.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,454.00

Additional family members - Yes

American RadioWorks |
A student learns welding at a vocational high school in Massachusetts. (Photo: Emily Hanford)

Ready to Work

Vocational education was once a staple of American schooling, preparing some kids for blue-collar futures while others were put on a path to college. Today the new mantra is "college for all." But not everyone wants to go to college, and more than half of jobs don't require a bachelor's degree. Many experts say it's time to bring back career and technical education. This American RadioWorks documentary explores how vocational education is being reimagined.

Recent Posts

  • 09.17.14

    A company short on skilled workers creates its own college-degree program

    At a Toyota plant in Kentucky, young people are learning how to fix robots, earning associate's degrees and graduating with jobs that pay up to $80,000 a year.
  • 09.11.14

    A 21st-century vocational high school

    For years, vocational education was seen as a lesser form of schooling, tracking some kids into programs that ended up limiting their future opportunities. Today, in the nation's best vocational programs, things are different.
  • 09.10.14

    Career academies: A new twist on vocational ed

    Across the country, thousands of high schools are transforming into career academies. The idea is that students will be more engaged if they see how academics are connected to the world of work. And they’ll be more likely to get the postsecondary schooling they need to support themselves in today’s economy.
  • 09.09.14

    The troubled history of vocational education

    Vocational education was once used to track low-income students off to work while wealthier kids went to college. But advocates for today's career and technical education say things have changed, and graduates of vocational programs may have the advantage over graduates of traditional high schools.